So about three week ago, I was feeling under the weather…

November 19, 2022: Under the Weather!

The next day, I was better.  And the day after, better still.  I recovered enough to resume my daily activities and dismiss the incident as an unsolved mystery.  Was it the uncooked the flour?  The farmer’s market cheese?  Or was it just some bug going around?  I assumed I’d never know.  Although I still wasn’t feeling 100%, I was no longer nauseous – although the potential for nausea was always there.

Fastforward to this past weekend.  I checked out a new smashburger place on Friday, had my usual protein shake for dinner, then woke up Saturday and headed to the farmer’s market, enjoyed some pork and onion dumplings for lunch….and then it me again, the very familiar symptoms: I was cold, tired, my muscles were sore.  I had my protein shake for dinner – then spent the evening as I had weeks earlier, feeling as though some ball of undigested food was sitting in the pit of my stomach, refusing to be dislodged.  The next morning, I asked my sister about any family stomach-related issues and she mentioned GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease) that presents similar night-time symptoms, although the precipitating behaviors like eating late (I’m always done by 6 pm) or overeating weren’t factors in my case.

I felt somewhat better on Monday but limited myself to some congee for lunch and clear chicken broth for dinner.  Bu Tuesday, I was famished.  Akemi and I hit Chinatown where I enjoyed some barbecue duck and beef followed by a cup of hot chocolate.  But by the time 2:00 p.m. rolled around, I was feeling unwell again.  Dinner was comprised of half a taco and, yet again, I was up all night.

Feeling better today but taking no chances.  I’ve been alternating between congee and greek yogurt with manuka honey for much of the day.  I’ve made an appointment to see my doctor tomorrow and hopefully he’ll provide some answers.   And until I get those answers, looks like I’ll be on an extended diet.

Today’s Yes/no…

A month ago, it would have been a Yes.

Finally today, I leave you with this…

14 thoughts on “December 13, 2022: Feeling Under the Weather, Part II!

  1. Hope you figure this out soon. Have you noticed any other patterns such as the type of food, location, maybe reinfecting yourself in your home? I got COVID-19 right before masks were mandated in the U.S., got the shots, etc., and then got some other variant of COVID again a few months ago. Since then, my doctor and I have noticed a caffeine sensitivity. Unfortunately, I’ve noticed this sensitivity extends to chocolate. I’m a chocoholic and this is a major bummer for me. Hopefully, you’ll figure it out soon and feel better.

  2. I hope your Dr’s visit gives you a benign answer tomorrow. You’ll probably need some kind of scan. I’d expect an upper G.I./cat scan 🤷🏻‍♀️. 🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀

  3. Damn, Joe, sorry to hear that. I’ve had GERD since I was a teenager. At first I had to keep a food diary to see what foods I’d eaten before the symptoms flared. You’ll hate this, but one of the most common triggers is spicy food. 😬

    You could possibly be having gall bladder problems, instead. My Mom’s gallbladder issues were so bad she had to have her surgically removed. To this day, she still can’t tolerate Gaelic, onion or peppers of any kind.

    Whatever this is, I hope you don’t have to give up anything you love & enjoy.

    1. “You’ll hate this, but one of the most common triggers is spicy food.” – Noooooooooooooooo!

      “To this day, she still can’t tolerate Gaelic, onion or peppers of any kind.” – Nooooooooooooooooo!

    2. Giving up garlic would be awful! Very sorry!

      I have acid reflux and just cut out heavy meals in the evening. Although, if I do have a huge meal, I can take a few OTC Anti acids and that usually helps.

  4. My Dad tested Covid-positive this week after the Winter Party at the home of his University’s President. His symptoms seem manageable and I think he’ll be okay. He’s always been very healthy and spry for a man his age (91 now; people guess much younger).

  5. Nothing is worse than stomach issues, hope all goes well at the doc. My gut pain comes from gallstones that my doc prescribed reducing my intake of sugar, butter and oil. I’m glad that the Marcus Welby type docs of the past have been replaced by docs who recommended I eat beets and kale instead of removing my gallbladder. The low fat thing did work to reduce the gall bladder pain. When I forget and overdo the butter or oil my gallbladder reminds me to quit it.

  6. It’s worms, Joey – WORMS! 😀

    Your symptoms sound a bit like mine before I went gluten-free – I regret never getting tested for celiac. After I eliminated gluten I no longer needed any meds for heartburn, GERD, etc. Your issue may not be the same as mine, but it doesn’t hurt to be checked for food sensitivities. (Celiac can also cause rashes like eczema, and fatigue, weight loss, and malabsorption, other food allergies/sensitivities can do the same.)

    My mother-in-law had a recurring issue with salmonella, and the doc told her it’s not unusual for that to happen. She has to be really careful with chicken ever since.

    I hope you feel better soon, and get to the bottom of whatever is bugging you. It is probably worms, tho…

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